Rebecca Edwards - Head of Humanities Faculty
Rebecca Edwards teaches History and Politics. She studied History, English, Maths and Further Maths at A Level and went on to read History and Politics at Oxford. She has since tried her hand at teaching Maths before deciding to teach History, most recently at a secondary school in Westminster. Being from Derby (the birthplace of the industrial revolution), Ms Edwards’ passions lie with the 18th and 19th centuries, in particular the immense social and political changes that were happening at those times. Aside from History, Ms Edwards loves to travel, her most recent trip is taking the train from London to Beijing and travelling through China; she next hopes to hitchhike around Cuba.
Josie Baker - Teacher of Economics
Josie Baker's interest in Economics was rekindled by the banking crisis of 2008. On finishing school, she couldn't decided whether she preferred Economics or History and therefore embarked on a joint honours degree in both subjects at the University of Leeds, later gaining an MA at the University of Warwick. She entered teaching as a graduate trainee in 2010 following a career in arts fundraising, marketing and consultancy. Prior to joining Harris Westminster, she ran the Economics department at Tonbridge Grammar School, an IB World School, where she also co-ordinated their Extended Essay programme. In her spare time Josie enjoys visiting museums, playing the viola and singing in a choir.
Renna Karia - Teacher of Economics
Renna Karia’s interest in politics and economics stemmed from her desire as a young girl to make sense of the world she was living in. Her degree in the subjects and PGCE allowed her to embark on a rich and varied teaching career. She has taught in colleges and schools in both the UK and Cyprus, with the prestigious English School in Nicosia being her last post. She has run several economics departments and economics societies and has been involved in teacher training and the Comenius School Exchange Program. Even after 30 years in education, Renna is still passionate about teaching and is committed to ensuring her students grow to be self-empowered and confident young leaders.
Conor Walsh - Teacher of Economics
Conor Walsh teaches Economics at Harris Westminster. Mr Walsh read Economics at Cambridge and trained as a teacher at a school in West London. He thoroughly enjoys teaching at HWSF, in particular taking advantage of our location, right at the heart of things. In his holidays he enjoys travelling, and is planning an American adventure this summer, travelling New York to San Francisco by train.
Marisa Bosa - Teacher of Geography
Head of Somerville House
Marisa Bosa is a Geography teacher at Harris Westminster. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Geography and History with a concentration in Native Studies at Trent University (Canada) and then went on to attain a Bachelor of Education and additional qualifications in family studies at Queens University (Canada). Ms Bosa taught in Canada for many years before emigrating to London in search of challenge, culture, and travel. Having participated and competed in many different sports throughout her life (football, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and ultimate Frisbee) she is an avid sports enthusiast and fan. While her days of competition are well in the past, during her free time she enjoys playing and watching sports as well as travelling as much as possible.
Amy Johnson - Teacher of Geography
Amy Johnson teaches Geography at Harris Westminster. Her undergraduate degree is from University College London in Geography. After a year abroad living, working and skiing in Canada, she returned to London to undertake a PGCE at the Institute of Education. After many years teaching, Miss Johnson returned to education herself with a MSc in Globalisation, also at UCL. For her Masters dissertation she researched the impact television shows such as ‘Homeland’ have on viewers’ geopolitical imaginations, conducting discourse analysis on internet comment forums. Whilst completing the course, Miss Johnson learnt to row with UCL on the Tideway and continues to train to a high level, this year qualifying for and competing at the prestigious Henley Women’s Regatta.
Diana Larsson - Teacher of Geography
A geographer, a linguist and a European, Mrs Diana Larsson has been teaching for 10 years and has done so in three different countries. For her Masters degree in Geography Education at UCL (Institute of Education) she researched how geography has developed as a subject in the countries where she has been a learner and a teacher by looking at the national curricula of Sweden, Romania and England. Alongside her true calling for geography and travel she is also interested in languages - she has a combined Masters degree in Education from Uppsala University, Sweden, in Geography and English as a Foreign Language. She is also fluent in Romanian and French and has Japanese next on her list. Besides being a keen reader and an outdoors person, she plays tennis and handball and also enjoys getting frustrated on the golfing greens as often as possible.
Peter McKean - Teacher of History and Politics
Peter McKean teaches History and Politics. He read History at Cambridge and has taught in a number of schools over the past 15 years. His historical interests are varied, ranging from the Vikings in Europe to modern African history, via the Tudors, the Age of Revolutions and the history of the USA. He is currently working on a PhD on 19th century South Africa at Royal Holloway, University of London, examining issues of race and nationhood during the British administration of what was then known as the Cape Colony. In keeping with his eclectic historical interests, he enjoys traipsing around castles, museums, ancient ruins and battlefields. He also has a passion for current affairs and debate, and is following the US election campaign with trepidation; he also enjoys singing in a choir, quizzes, baking and eating cake, the theatre, and playing cricket badly.
Lizzie Skeaping - Teacher of History and Politics
Lizzie Skeaping teaches History and Politics at Harris Westminster. She studied History and Culture at the University of Warwick, specialising in Renaissance Italian art and modern Irish history. Before joining HWSF, she taught at The National Archives, home to some of the UK's most iconic historical records, and completed a Masters in Museums and Galleries in Education. Her fascination with different lives and cultures prompted her to teach abroad in Vietnam and Spain. She enjoys sport and dreams of playing cricket for England.
Frances Sleap - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics
Frances Sleap studied Philosophy and Theology and then the Study of Religions at Oxford, writing her Master’s dissertation on the idea of chosenness in modern Judaism. Before deciding to pursue a longstanding interest in education she worked at the Dialogue Society, an Islamically-inspired intercultural dialogue charity. Her work included co-authoring an introduction to ‘Dialogue Theories’ and providing training for postgraduate students. She is still fascinated by the dynamics of dialogue in different contexts and is excited to work in the natural dialogue hotspot that is the PTE classroom. Her other interests include poetry and the ethical issues surrounding energy and climate change
Tristan Stone - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics
Head of Wilberforce House
Tristan Stone teaches PTE (Philosophy, Theology and Ethics) at HWSF, and is also Head of Wilberforce House, having spent several years teaching RS, Music and English in schools and colleges in Kent. He read Theology & Religious Studies at Cambridge and has recently published two Study Guides for PushMe Press on "Science and Religion" and "God and Evil". At school, Mr Stone was granted a special dispensation to avoid PE in favour of practising the piano which accounts for his complete ineptitude at all things sport, although he enjoys a mediocre game of tennis. Mr Stone leads a number of extra-curricular activities at Harris Westminster in music, drama and media.